Gender reveals have definitely gotten out of hand. From alligator reveals to the ones that leave baby girls screaming when they find out they’re getting a baby brother, there’s no shortage of questionable videos floating around the internet. But all those pale in comparison to the unwise reveal party that sparked the massive Sawmill Fire in Arizona, which resulted in $8 million worth of damage.
The reveal made headlines in April 2017 when an off-duty Border Patrol agent named Dennis Dickey set up a reveal for his wife using tannerite, a legal explosive. As you have probably already guessed, things didn’t go as planned when Dickey shot at his target full of tannerite and a blue powder to show that his wife was having a baby boy. As soon as he fired the shot, the target went up into flames, and Dickey called the police to admit what he had done.
There wasn’t a video of how the fire started (which, by the way, ended up burning through 47,000 acres of land) until now—the U.S. Forest Service just released footage because MVP NBC News affiliate KVOA filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
The video is quite alarming and terrifying because you can see the dry field catch fire and spread almost immediately. You can also hear someone shout, “Start packing up!”
During a September 2018 court appearance, Dickey said, “It was a complete accident. I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.” After pleading guilty to starting the fire, Dickey was sentenced to five years probation and agreed to pay more than $8.1 million, which he has already started to do in installments.
Geez. Can everyone please agree to stick to chill reveal parties at home from here on out?